Category: Featured Teachers

Don't Forget The Parents!

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Oct 10, 2017
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NGPF Fellows, Activities, Advocacy, Behavioral Finance, Featured Teachers, Lesson Idea, Teaching Strategies
A blog post from NGPF Fellow, Kerri Herrild: -------- There are many reasons why I would not enjoy teaching elementary students. One is that I like it when students can blow their own noses, tie their own shoes and zip their own coats.  Another reason is that I don’t have to worry about sending home cutesy newsletters and calendars peppered with ClipArt to parents.  By the time students reach the high school, let’s be honest, we don’t communicate with parents very...

Developing Future Mindedness in Students

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Oct 06, 2017
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Employment, Tips for Teachers, Teaching Strategies, Featured Teachers, Behavioral Finance, NGPF Fellows
Credit to NGPF Fellow, Barbara O'Neill for the following post: According to research by Sarah Newcomb, a behavioral economist at Morningstar, people who focus on the future and feel that they create their own financial destiny tend to save more than others for retirement and other financial goals. When people focus on the future, they tend to be less impulsive (e.g., spending habits), regardless of their level of financial literacy. In other words, time orientation is a key factor in financial...

Creativity and Collaboration in Financial Literacy Courses

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Oct 04, 2017
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NGPF Fellows, Teaching Strategies, Taxes, Featured Teachers, Advertising, Lesson Idea
Guest post from NGPF Fellow, Kayla Bousum of Johnston High School, Iowa: While grading tests covering paystubs and earnings, I noticed that a large proportion of students were still very confused about the differences between a Form W-2 and a Form W-4. I realized then that everything we were doing—a thorough explanation of the forms, showing them the two forms, and filling out a practice W- 4—was not enough to cement in their minds the differences between these two forms....

How to Teach Personal Finance with an Index Card. A Guest Post by Barbara O'Neill.

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Aug 28, 2017
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NGPF Fellows, Teaching Strategies, Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers, Behavioral Finance
Barbara O’Neill is an NGPF Fellow and a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers Cooperative Extension in New Jersey. In addition to teaching, Barbara also organizes and facilitates professional development for high school personal finance educators in New Jersey. In August 2017, Barbara facilitated two Financial Education Boot Camps and had educators work through the following Index Card Activity. ------------- Back in March, I wrote a NGPF blog post about my three-month curation of financial...

Interactive Handouts Courtesy of Barbara O'Neill and Kerri Herrild!

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Aug 11, 2017
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Interactive, Budgeting, Featured Teachers, Investing, Lesson Idea, Tips for Teachers, Summer Institute, Teaching Strategies
As part of our Summer Institute session, educators had the opportunity to take an engaging personal finance interactive resource and create a handout to accompany it.  Hat tip to Barbara O'Neill of Rutgers University, New Brunswick (NJ) and Kerri Herrild of De Pere High School, De Pere (WI) who shared their finished products with us. For those of you looking for high quality, engaging, resources guaranteed to get your students thinking about their financial mindset, look no further than...

Schools in the News

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Aug 02, 2017
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Featured Teachers, Personal Finance, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies, Schools In News, Tips for Teachers
Franklin Military Academy financial literacy course receives high marks (Richmond Free Press) The passionate discussion of Phyllis Jackson’s students can be heard long before reaching her classroom at Richmond’s Franklin Military Academy. On a recent warm afternoon, Ms. Jackson’s students are divided into small groups to tackle an assignment in her economics and personal finance class: To figure out the cost of transportation to and from work and budgeting the money to cover it. At...

For Your Listening Pleasure, The Top 10 NGPF Podcasts

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Jul 25, 2017
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Podcasts, Credit Scores, Credit Cards, Index Funds, Investing, Mutual Funds, Current Events, Credit Reports, Featured Teachers, Entrepreneurship
The NGPF Podcast started almost two years ago (and almost 100 podcast segments later) allowed me to “scratch my own itch.” To anyone who knows me, I love talking finance and since I was young I was always told that I had a voice (and a face) for radio. I thought why not try this “podcasting thing” and see what happens. My thinking was “How much fun would it be to reach out to interesting people, including educators, researchers, columnists, finance experts, authors,...

NGPF "Webbies" Recognize Teachers Devoted to Professional Development

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Jun 28, 2017
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Webinar, Featured Teachers, Professional Development
As we close the book on another school year, we wanted to recognize educators who committed to their own professional development through their participation in Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) webinars. Announcing our first NGPF “Webby” awards for those educators who participated in the most NGPF webinars over the past school year (Thanks to Sid Sharma, NGPF intern for this analysis). Each of the educators recognized below will be receiving a $100 Amazon gift card. And the envelope...

NGPF Recognizes Outstanding Educators Dedicated to Building Financial Capability

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Jun 13, 2017
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Featured Teachers, Activity, Activities
As part of a Financial Literacy Month initiative, Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) partnered with DonorsChoose.org to bring engaging, easy-to-implement personal finance resources to classrooms across the nation (see links below for activities completed). We would like to thank all of the educators who took part in this opportunity for bringing financial education to your students. As you can read here, these 1,200 educators delivered essential financial skills to over 26,000 students (in just 60...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Teacher-Innovator Jesse Peterkin of Ridgefield High School (CT)

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Jun 11, 2017
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Podcasts, Featured Teachers, Entrepreneurship
It was great to have NGPF Teacher Innovator Award winner Jesse Peterkin on the podcast recently. Jesse teaches at Ridgefield High School (Ridgefield, Connecticut). His project Create a Budget and Financial Plan uses celebrities and avatars as hooks to engage students to develop comprehensive financial plans for their “clients.” Hear Jesse share the trials and tribulations of his first job, learn how his career in the private sector informs his teaching and hear his ideas on how...

Schools in the News

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Jun 08, 2017
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Featured Teachers
Twin Falls High School personal finance class learns about home buying (KMTV11.com) Lorraine Rapp’s personal finance class went to an open house Thursday and visited with two real estate agents and a mortgage loan officer. The real estate agents gave them a tour and provided information on the property. Newark’s Teacher Of The Year Is A Master Internship Matchmaker (Newark Patch) The Newark Public School District honored Brian Klasner as its “Teacher of the Year” on Tuesday...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Teacher-Innovator Tara Kelley of Harwood Union HS (Vermont)

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May 30, 2017
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Credit Cards, Featured Teachers, Math, Teaching Strategies, Payment Types, Podcasts
I had a great conversation recently with NGPF Teacher Innovator Award winner, Tara Kelley, a math teacher from Harwood Union High School in Duxbury, Vermont. Tara created a Spring Break Project (who doesn’t want to plan a spring break vacation?) which allowed her students to explore the cost of using a credit card to pay for their Spring Break vacation. They learned through this activity the impact that changing their monthly credit card payments has on the total...

Why We Do What We Do...

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May 30, 2017
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Featured Teachers
A great message to see after a long weekend: From Angela, educator in Transition Education program: I love the Next Gen Personal Finance program. Katie and I shared this with our colleagues. We both were excited and loved this program we were introduced to by Donorschoose. We had to share this wonderful program. We as a school have purchased programs that have been honestly a waste of money. It was a honor for Katie and I to share this with our colleagues as we watched it on our school...

Bringing Financial Education To 1,200 Classrooms In 60 Days: What We Learned from Our DonorsChoose.org Partnership

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May 24, 2017
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Current Events, Financial Literacy, Schools In News, Featured Teachers
We set a goal this spring to bring Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) activities and projects into 1,000 new classrooms throughout the U.S. Our experience leading workshops at dozens of educator conferences all over the country had demonstrated the power of trial. That is, getting educators to spend 15 minutes “trying” out our website using a Scavenger Hunt had a powerful effect as we often heard: “I wish I knew about you sooner.” “There is so much here that I...

Amanda and Laurie's Classrooms of the Future

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May 24, 2017
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Schools In News, Featured Teachers, NGPF Fellows
In March, we blogged about a news article profiling NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz’s upcoming “Classroom of the Future” remodel at St. Clair High School in Michigan. If you’re a Facebook user, you can see beautiful pictures of her classroom (and her students in action)! And, now that we’ve announced our Summer Institute participants for 2017, we’re pleased to share classroom pictures from Laurie Gardner’s newly redone Classroom of the Future at Marine City High...

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